July 15, 2011 — In a true hybrid suite, both cath lab and open surgical procedures are performed in a single room. In creating hybrid cath labs, healthcare facilities require imaging technologies that provide the flexibility to quickly and easily access both the patient and ancillary equipment. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla., a leading children’s hospital, recently installed Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s Infinix CF-i bi-plane system with the CAT-880B hybrid catheterization table for its new dedicated hybrid suite. When combining the five-axis positioner of the Infinix-i system with the tilting and cradling features of the hybrid table, physicians are able to obtain optimal image angles while having unprecedented patient access.
The hospital will use its new hybrid cath lab for complex interventions and open surgical procedures on patients of all sizes, from newborns to young adults. The Infinix CF-i bi-plane system with the five-axis positioner allows for superior patient access. It also has a unique ability to rotate the floor-mounted C-arm and position the ceiling-mounted C-arm to create 180-degree patient access around the head end of the table.
“The unique design of the Infinix-i system with its five-axis positioner provides outstanding access to the patient and equipment during interventional and open surgical procedures,” said David Nykanen, M.D., director of cardiology, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. “The 3-D capabilities of the system are also changing the way disease is diagnosed. For example, stenosis that couldn’t be viewed in a single plane is more easily and accurately identifiable with 3-D reconstructions.”
The Infinix-i’s 3-D acquisition ability allows physicians a three-dimensional perspective of the anatomy. 3-D reconstruction is ideal for optimizing vessel-viewing angles prior to intervention and helps determine the proper size of interventional devices to be used for planning and treatment. Physicians are also able to see complicated structures with clarity and view images that were impossible to obtain in 2-D.
Toshiba’s CAT-880B hybrid catheterization table is designed to assist clinicians during imaging or surgery to allow for greater positioning flexibility and patient access. The table functionality with side-to-side cradle and head-to-toe tilt permits clinicians to angle the table in the best position to quickly complete procedures. The flexibility and ergonomic design enhances the clinician’s ability to work around the patient and accommodate views that conventional angiographic tables cannot achieve.